Mountshannon Trout Angling Club

A few thoughts from El Presidente

I suggest that this year be known as the "Handshake Year"

The misunderstandings that happened last year with the "Catch & Release” competition should now be put in the past, and this year should be opened with a warm handshake, to and from all fishermen and fisherwomen, whether they are active members or otherwise of our club.

The club members have always embraced a “catch & release” policy from the founding of the club, and will always support such preservation, especially of borderline sized fish. The debate about “catch & release” will continue, but in my opinion, it is up to individual members to make their own call. If there is to be a competition this year, I would suggest it be run on a lower key and that a display of a few trout in the bar that night would be both encouraged and appreciated.

The improvements that the club has funded / overseen to the local streams is essential in allowing the trout to spawn safely, and guarantees long term fishing for future generations. This work can only continue if we all pull together, and it would be a pity to see such efforts of the club evaporate from this essential and very worthwhile practice.

This year the Inter County Trophy will probably be fished for on the 13th. May (subject to AGM approval) and it is my wish that we revert to the format of past times. Namely, that the competition be a relaxed day's fishing with prizes of a fun nature. There will still be a "good" first prize but you might be embarrassed to win a minor prize….pot luck. !

Noel Lyons has very generously offered his services again, but we must be cognisant of the fact that Noel likes to throw a fly too, in the day's fishing, so perhaps a slimmed down menu is more in order.

The date set for this year’s AGM is Saturday the 1st. February 2020, at 8pm in Keanes Bar, Mountshannon.

Lastly but by no means least, may I wish everybody GOOD HEALTH and EXCITING FISHING during 2020.

El Presidente Jan.’20

Changes of Angling Bye-Laws on Lough Derg (and elsewhere)

Click on "News" in side bar, and read "Conservation of Trout" PDF.

Competitions for Mayfly 2019

Week 1. (28th April- 4th May) Bushy Isl. Cup. (weigh-in & prizes Cois na hAbhna)

Sunday May 5th Crock's Cup ( 11am-6pm, weigh-in Mountshannon Harbour 6.15pm) (Prizes Cois na hAbhna)(see 2019 PDF in side bar)

Week 2. (5th - 11th May) Cribby Isl.Cup (weigh-in & prizes Keanes)

Tues. 7th May. Tom Turner Memorial Cup. Weigh-in Keanes.

Wed. 8th May. Lough Derg Inter County Challenge (Banquet 2pm) (weigh in Keanes 10.30pm) Bookie on Eve. (See PDF in side bar for details)

Thursday 9th May. Brod's Cup (Weigh-in Cois na hAbhna)

Week 3. (12th - 18th May) Pages Isl. Cup (weigh-in & Prizes Keanes)

Sunday 19th May. Ger Moroney Memorial (weigh-in & prizes Keanes)

Mayfly Seasonal Trophies.

Longest fish(catch & release) sponsored prize

Heaviest Fish: Padraic Cahill Memorial Trophy

Heaviest Creel over 2lb.: James Burke Memorial Cup

Heaviest Fish caught by Dapping : Packie & Tom Lyons Cup

Gentleman's Cup : Heaviest fish caught by a gentleman. (see sub page)

Heaviest Lady's Fish: Club Prize

Junior (under 18) Cup: Club Prize.